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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 10

2013 Annual Report Release – Big vision, Concrete Strategies, Real Impact

It is with great pride and excitement that we present our 2013 Annual Report! 2013 was a busy year for Bikes Not Bombs; we collected more bikes than ever before, launched a new weekly youth drop-in time, started two off-site bicycle programs that employ alumni youth, developed a new partnership with Bici-Tec in Guatemala, and had a record-breaking successful Bike-A-Thon! We encourage you to read our first-ever digital annual report which spotlights some of the stories and people that made 2013 especially memorable. We owe a big thank you to every volunteer, donor, supporter, participant, and member of BNB that made this year possible!

As you look through the Annual Report, we’re sure you’ll be impressed by our accomplishments and progress. But moving forward we are also keenly aware of how much is left to be done. We hope you’ll to consider gift to support Bikes Not Bombs as we move towards our goals for 2014 and beyond.

Enrolling for Spring Girls In Action

Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for Spring Girls In Action! The program will take place May 12th through June 12th from 4-7pm Monday – Thursday, and is open to girls ages 12-18. Participants will choose a bike from those donated to Bikes Not Bombs, and not only learn the skills to build it up, but to maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is hers to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and explore various environmental and social justice issues. No previous bike knowledge is necessary!

There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, the applicant’s availability, and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the completed application and payment (cash, check or money order) or fee waiver must be submitted. Applicants who are not accepted for whatever reason, will be notified and program fees will be returned.

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Leary at 617-522-0222 x101 or email[email protected].

Applications are available online. Mail or deliver the application & fee to: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Register to Ride the 2014 Bike-A-Thon on June 8th

Join Bikes Not Bombs for the 27th Annual Bike-A-Thonon Sunday, June 8th, 2014 (Rain date: Sunday, June 22nd)! We are excited to release four new routes this year including a family friendly 10 mile route and our longest route ever, 80 miles! All routes start and end in the Southwest Corridor Park, in front of the Stony Brook T. In the afternoon, riders meet back for an After Party which includes fun activities, music, and free food! Our2013 Bike-A-Thon was the most successful yet, mobilizing 559 riders to raise over $170,000, and we’re hoping 2014 will be even more successful! The Bike-A-Thon brings together riders of all ages and skill-levels and every rider makes a difference! After registering, riders can create a personalized fundraising page and are responsible for meeting fundraising minimums ($150 for adults and $75 for those under 18). All proceeds benefit Bikes Not Bombs’ local and international programs.

Register online or in-person at the Hub or Bike Shop.

Beyond the thrill of a fun bike ride, all registered riders will receive 15% off labor for a basic or major tune up at the BNB Shop and there are tons of prizes available from now until the ride on our Twitterand Facebook. Make sure you check in every day to see what the latest #BAT2014 prize is!

Help BNB Load Bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala on Sunday April 13th from 10am to 5pm

Bici-Tec is an appropriate technology social enterprise in Guatemala that repairs and sells bicycles, as well as designs and builds bicycle-powered machines. Bici-Tec also trains other people to design and build bicycle machines, such as pedal-powered water pumps and corn grinders. These machines offer an economic and environmentally sustainable alternative to rural families and communities. Bicycle machines are locally produced and use locally repairable technology, and in the words of Carlos Marroquin, Bici-Tec founder, “offer a middle ground between the artisanal and the industrial.”

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala!

TIME: Sunday, April 13th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

You can RSVP online.

Power to the Pedals Film Screening Tuesday May 6th

Bikes Not Bombs will screen the new documentary“Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change” at the Hub, 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain, on Tuesday May 6th at 6pm. This 30-minute film features the story of Wenzday Jane, the founder of Metro Pedal Power. Wenzday grew up in a low-income household and was able to harness her mechanical skills to build a successful business — with priorities on social justice and community-building.

We will host a panel of 3-4 speakers after the film focusing on the process of personal and professional development, and the hard and soft skills youth can develop to move onto jobs after high-school. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this exciting film and panel! Email [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer of the Month – Sophie Greenspan

Our volunteer of the month is Sophie Greenspan! While you might not recognize Sophie by name, you will definitely recognize her style all over BNB! She has been our go-to graphic designer for the past year. In November, she designed our year-end newsletter, then immediately went “back to the drawing board” and created our Bike-A-Thon posters, flyers, and ads. Her work didn’t end there; Sophie is currently in the throes of designing the 2014 Bike-A-Thon t-shirt. While we’re not asking her to have a completed design until the end of April, Sophie has already presented us with three separate t-shirt options. Sophie’s enthusiasm for BNB and our graphic design projects is tremendous! Thanks Sophie!

Youth Employee of the Month

Abdullahi (Abdul) Hussein is the April 2014 Youth Employee of the Month. He is the ultimate team player and leader amongst his peers. Abdul makes young people feel welcome at BNB and Chain Reaction, and is a really thoughtful and giving co-worker. Born in Kenya to Somalian parents, Abdul came to Bikes Not Bombs in 2010 to take Earn-A-Bike. After displaying motivation and a strong work ethic in Earn-A-Bike, Abdul joined the Pathways program to be an Instructor running Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action. Since then, he has become our Chain Reaction Coordinator and has sought out many opportunities to develop new skills – including planning the February trip to the Youth Bike Summit in New York City, where he organized youth to lead a workshop. He takes initiative, works independently and with his peers to achieve goals, is focused and has an energy that is both positive and highly infectious. Always quick with a joke to break the ice, Abdul balances his personal focus on success for himself and Bikes Not Bombs with a lighter side that builds the youth programs team culture and cohesiveness. A veteran leader with a wealth of experience at BNB and with our coalition partners, we are honored to call Abdul a member of the BNB family and our April Youth Employee of the Month. Congratulations to Abdul!

April Free Clinics, Refurbished Bikes Back in Stock, and Spring Shop Happenings

We will be holding our Flat Fixing Clinic on Thursday April 10th from 8-9pm and our Basic Repair and Maintenance Clinic on Wednesday April 23rd from 8-9pm. Full class schedule is online. As always, no need to sign up ahead of time, just be punctual and show up by 8pm! Tool Time, an open shop where you can work on your own projects, will be on Monday April 7th from 7-9pm. Tool Time requires both a BNB Membership and advanced sign up.

With the days getting warmer (and hopefully staying that way) the shop is starting to pick up again. Currently, we’re only booked a couple days in advance so it’s still a great time to bring you’re bike by to get tuned-up for Spring.

We have a great selection of refurbished and new bikesto come try out. Also don’t forget that we currently have some refurbished kids bikes starting at $50. This is a great way to get a safe and fun 16″ or 20″ wheeled bike for your child.

We’re happy to welcome Ernesto Botello to our shop staff. Ernesto recently completed our Vocational Training Program and has been a great addition to the bike shop staff. We’re also sad to announce that longtime employee Alex Twombly is leaving the BNB shop, but we wish him the best as he embarks on his through-hike along the Pacific Crest Trail!

Bike-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

photo by: Allie Hunter

Want to participate in the fun of Bike-A-Thon without riding? We’re looking for about 50 volunteers to help out on the day of the event, June 8th (rain date: June 22nd). We also have some volunteer roles in the week leading up to the Bike-A-Thon. Volunteers receive a free Bike-A-Thon t-shirt, food at the After-Party, and get to be part of the action!

Available positions include helping with the BNB info table, route marking, rest stop support, sign painting and more. Sign up online!




News outside of BNB:

 


 

 

Hubway is Hiring

Hubway Bicycle Share is hiring a variety of positions for the spring and summer. There are a number of part-time and full-time positions available including Field Bicycle Technician and Corporate Sales Associate. Hubway operates a 3 year old bike share in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville.


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6th Annual Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 02

Here it is in all its glory, in case you couldn’t make it. Sure it might not contain EVERY detail I reported yesterday…but the first day of April can be a tricky day to be on the internet.


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Hubway To Reopen Soon

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 17

Got this from Hubway, looks like they will all be back soon!

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SPRING IS ON ITS WAY! Hubway’s full system reopening soon.
More daylight hours. Freak snowstorms. Hubway stations reappearing in Boston, Brookline, and Somerville. Two out of three of these are sure signs that spring is on the way. You may have noticed the arrival of some stations in your neighborhood over the last few days, and there are more to come in the next few weeks. We are looking forward to the system-wide reopening of Hubway very soon.

 

We will be sure to let you know when you will be able to Hubway across the entire network, but until then, continue to ride on in Cambridge! Please note that only Cambridge stations are operational at this time. Other stations will not accept bicycles until they are fully connected. Stay tuned to the Hubway website for the latest information, and check the Spotcycle app for available stations. If you have any questions about station availability, you can call customer service at 855-4HUBWAY (448-2929).

 

Spring will be here soon. Get ready to ride.

 

The Team at Hubway

DATA NERDS: REJOICE! 2013 Comprehensive Hubway Trip Data Released

Ever want to know which Hubway stations are the most popular? How long it takes to ride from South Station to Brookline Village? Or how many people take out bikes in the middle of the night? And where the heck are they going at that hour anyway?!?

Well, if you’re feeling creative, nerdy, or just downright curious, and want to play around with how Hubway trip data can provide a window into major travel patterns in metro-Boston, visit the Hubway Data Challenge page today! In February, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in partnership with Hubway, the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and the Town of Brookline, released new and comprehensive trip data.

 

In addition to the Data Visualizations submitted at the end of the 2012 season, you’ll have access to all sorts of data, including:

  • Duration of trips.
  • Trip start & end stations, dates, and times.
  • Individual Bike ID numbers.
  • Member Type (Annual, Monthly, Casual).
  • General member demographic info.
Find everything you’d want (and then some) for all Hubway rides through November 2013, packed into a tidy, downloadable 17 MB CSV. You can also register for direct access to the MAPC’s Data API. What breakthrough idea will you come up with?
WE LOVE BIKES. WE LOVE FLOWERS. WHO DOESN’T?

The Boston Flower & Garden Show is big, exciting, and entertaining! It’s also the perfect place to hang out with us as together we await the efflorescence of spring and celebrate Hubway’s upcoming full-system reopening by giving away free 24-Hour passes! The show runs through March 16, and you can find us there on Saturday, March 15th. Click here for more information on the show!

HUBWAY BIKE PARTNER NEWS

 

BOSTON PICKED FOR NATIONAL PROGRAM TO HELP SPEED UP BIKE LANE INSTALLATIONS, March 11, 2014, BostonMagazine.com
“The country’s ‘leading bicycle movement’ has selected Boston as one of just six cities in the country to get new bike lanes designed to help keep cyclists separated from vehicles on the roadways…” Click here to read Steve Annear’s story.

[VIDEO] #WINTERWONDERHUBWAY PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES, March 11, 2014, Hubway blog
“When Hubway teamed up with the awesome crew at Timbuk2 to present the #WinterWonderHubway photo contest, we knew we would be introduced to some of our most creative and dedicated Hubway riders…” Click here to read more and watch the video.


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 17

From Boston Bikes:

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Apply to be a Boston Bike Friendly Business

  • Do you like bikes?
  • Do you work for a company or organization located in Boston?
  • Does your company or organization show support for your interest in bikes?
Have your company or organization complete the Bike Friendly Business application to be named a Boston Bike Friendly Business!
Applications are due by 11:59 pm on April 15, 2014
 
Boston selected as a Green Lane City!
bike friday comm ave
Photo credit Galen Mook

We’re happy to announce that Boston has been selected by PeopleForBikes as a Green Lane Project City. We will participate in an intensive two year program to build protected bike lanes in Boston.

 

“Over the next six years, I want to take Boston from one of the best bicycling cities in the country to one of the best in the world.  Investing in protected bike lanes is a critical path to that success,” Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh said.

Green Lane Project

Boston Bike Update – New Date & Location!
6th Annual Boston Bike Update hosted by LivableStreets Alliance
Come hear about our 2013 accomplishments and plans for 2014!
Monday, March 31, 2013
Faneuil Hall, Great Hall, Boston
5:45 pm - Doors open
6:15 pm - Presentation & Q&A
The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration. To register visit: http://livablestreets.nonprofitsoapbox.com/component/events/event/4

 

Bike Valet will be provided by MassBike.
Seating is first come, first served. RSVP does not guarantee a seat.

 

Follow @StreetsBoston and like LivableStreets Alliance for more updates
Register for Bike Week Festival and Bike Fridays
To register visit: bit.ly/bikefriday2014
We’re happy to announce our 2014 Bike Friday Schedule! Join us for fun, music, food, and bike love on City Hall Plaza on the following mornings:
May 9th
June 27th
July 18th
August 29th
 
For more information visit: bikefridays.org/

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MassBike Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

Got this in the email, lots of stuff going on over at MassBike!

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MassBike Goes To Washington
Next week, the MassBike team heads to Washington, DC to join bicycle advocates from across the country at the National Bike Summit!

 

We look forward to joining our fellow advocates in educating our elected leaders about the latest issues and asking for more funding for bike transportation.

 

Boston Speaks Up For Protected Bike Lanes

Photo: Jon Ramos / Southie Bikes

At a crowded meeting Wednesday night at Boston City Hall, attendees packed into Room 801 to review the 25% design plans for the Connect Historic Boston bike trail and share their thoughts on the project.

One after another, citizens came up to the microphone to voice their support for the proposed network of cycle tracks around downtown Boston and the North End. A common theme expressed by many speakers was how this project would not just serve those who already ride bikes, but inspire new people to try riding.

MassBike Executive Director David Watson spoke in favor of the project, saying, “Some people doubted Hubway when it was first launched, but it has quickly become part of the city’s fabric faster than anyone imaged. So too will this project become a part of the fabric of Boston.”

He added that, while he is generally in favor of the current design, he wanted to see particular attention paid to the intersection treatment and signal timing, and more consideration given to how commuter cyclists will enter and exit the cycle track on Causeway Street.

You can review detailed plans and meeting minutes from past public meetings on the project here.

Path And Complete Streets Funding Moves

Forward In MA Senate

The Massachusetts Senate took an important step toward increasing funding for bicycle and pedestrian paths and other infrastructure this week. The transportation bond bill was reported out of the Senate bonding committee, and is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate next week, where it is expected to pass. MassBike led advocacy efforts that protected $377,255,000 for bicycle and pedestrians paths, and also played a significant role in ensuring $50 million for a Complete Streets certification and incentive program. The bill also provides for an additional $23 million in funding for other bike-related projects.

We thank the members of the Senate bonding committee, including Chairman Brian Joyce (D – Milton) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D – Arlington), for helping to ensure this funding has remained in the bill.

Read more…

 

Save The Date: Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit 2014

Mark your calendars! MassBike and WalkBoston are pleased to invite you to join bicycle and pedestrian advocates from across the Commonwealth at the 3rd Annual Bike/Walk Summit on April 3rd from 10 AM – 1 PM at the State House. Our speaker will be Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett from the Department of Public Health.

Please register here if you are planning to attend. The Bike/Walk Summit is free and open to the public. This year’s summit will focus on the work of Mass in Motion and advancing the Vulnerable Road Users and Bike Lane Protection Bill.

Read more about the Bike/Walk Summit…


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 10

Bike-A-Thon Registration is Open

Join over 400 riders at our Bike-A-Thon and check out our new routes! Photo by Wayne Chinnock

Register now for Bikes Not Bombs’ biggest and most exciting event of the year! Our 27th annual Bike-A-Thon will be heldSunday, June 8th, 2014. (Rain date: Sunday, June 22nd.) Join hundreds of riders for an amazing day of cycling and fun while raising critical funds to support Bikes Not Bombs’ work in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and right here in Boston. The Bike-A-Thon brings together riders of all ages and skill-levels and every rider makes a difference! This year, we’re releasing fourBRAND NEW routes: 80 miles, 50 miles, 30 miles, and 10-miles (very family friendly!) In the afternoon, riders meet back in the Stony Brook Park for an After Party which includes fun activities, music, and free food!

Sign up today to take advantage of our early registration special! We’re offering half price registration during the month of March, it’s only $10 for adults and $5 for youth!

Be sure to stop by our event website, Hub, or Bike Shop to register to ride and find out more about Bike-A-Thon 2014!

Also, you can RSVP to the Bike-A-Thon Facebook event, share it on your wall, and invite your friends to join in the fun!

Register to ride! Or read more online.

Help BNB Load Bikes to Guatemala

Bici-Tec is an appropriate technology social enterprise in Guatemala that repairs and sells bicycles, designs, builds and distributes bicycle-powered machines such as water pumps and corn grinders, and also trains other people to design and build bicycle machines. These bicycle machines offer an economic and environmentally sustainable energy alternative to rural families and communities, as well as being a locally produced and locally repairable technology. In the words of Carlos Marroquin, Bici-Tec founder, “bicycle machines offer a middle ground between the artisanal and the industrial.”

Please join us to help BNB load bikes to Bici-Tec in Guatemala!
TIME: Sunday, April 13th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day.
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee will be generously donated by City Feed & Supply.

You can RSVP to the event on our website.

Uganda Shipment Arrived: Thank You Pedros!

Photo by Mark Odoch

This January, BNB’s shipment to the Village Health Workers in Amuru, Northern Uganda, arrived without a scratch. In addition to the 400 adult mountain bikes, BNB loaded tons of parts and tools, including an AMAZING donation of tools from PEDRO’S, filling multiple tool boxes. These super high-quality PEDRO’S tools will be used to repair the 550 Village Health Workers’ bicycles for many years to come, equipping them with the transportation to provide rural health care to the 40,000 residents of post-conflict Amuru Sub-County. THANK YOU PEDRO’S for contributing toward these life-saving impacts of bicycles in Northern Uganda!

Youth Bike Summit and World Bicycle Forum Report Back

BNB’s youth bike summit team in NYC

On Thursday, March 13th from 5-7pm Bikes Not Bombs’ youth will join together with International Programs Coordinator, Charlotte Fagan, to give a report back and presentation from their respective travels. BNB youth will share the skills and lessons gained from the Youth Bike Summit in New York City and Charlotte will present the highlights from the World Bicycle Forum she attended in Brazil in February. This is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn community organizing strategies from around the world. We’ll hold a Q&A session following the presentations. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are not required but encouraged. Feel free to drop in for a couple of minutes, or stay the entire time! Email[email protected] with any questions.

Host a Lunch Brake at Your Workplace

Want to take a fun “Lunch Brake” with Bikes Not Bombs and your coworkers? We are traveling to workplaces for brown-bag lunches – or “Lunch Brakes” – to talk about our work and impact. Lunch Brakes are a great way to introduce your colleagues to Bikes Not Bombs and connect them with ways to get involved. We will share stories from inspirational leaders, videos about our work, information about upcoming events, and open up the space for Q&A. If you are interested in spreading the word about BNB and hosting us at your office, please contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at [email protected].

Sweatshirts Back In Stock, Winter Glove Blowout, Tool Time, and New Hours!

BNB hoodies are back in stock and still totally awesome.

The popular BNB hoodie is back in stock. We now have a full size run of Small to XXL as well as Youth Large. Hoodies are $40 and can be shipped worldwide ($7 domestic/more for international). Just stop by to pick one up or call the shop if you’d like to order one.

The BNB Shop is having a Winter Glove Blowout! Select styles marked down up to 50% off. This includes many of our warmest gloves and some less bulky Springtime gloves as well.

The BNB Shop is now open 7 days a week. Our hours are Monday 11am-7pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; and Sunday 12 noon-5pm.

Youth Programs Update

Mykala Jordan

We are still accepting applications to Spring Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action.

Visit our website for program descriptions and dates.

The February Youth Employee of the Month is: Mykala Jordan!

Mykala Jordan is a first time Youth Instructor, but you wouldn’t know it from watching her. She steps up to take leadership opportunities whenever she can. From fundraising to send youth to New York for the Youth Bike Summit or waking up on a Saturday morning to recruit youth for programs. She takes charge in fundraising, outreach, and learning new skills. Mykala gets along well with everyone, is up for doing any task, and brings a positive and happy perspective to BNB’s Youth Programs. Without a doubt Mykala deserves the spotlight for her work. Congrats, Mykala.

Welcome Natalie Brady

Natalie Brady, BNB Communications Manager

We are thrilled to announce that Natalie Brady has joined our team as the new Communications Manager! Natalie originally hails from Kansas City, KS but has come to love Boston while attending Northeastern University. Natalie brings experience working at a local non-profits, and has served as a manager at Urban AdvenTours. At Bikes Not Bombs, Natalie is responsible for media connections and outreach, and is a critical part of the Bike-A-Thon and Development & Communications teams. When she’s not Instagraming her new favorite pictures, she can be found reading/watching Game of Thrones, trying new vegetarian dishes and hanging out with her roommate’s dog. Please join us in giving Natalie a warm welcome! She can be reached at 617-522-0222 x 104 or[email protected].

Volunteer of the Month: Lauren Forbes

Lauren Forbes

With the tremendous community support that BNB has, we’re forced to keep up with a rushing volume of incoming donations, especially during year-end. The paperwork is no simple task, but luckily we have Lauren Forbes, whose diligence and commitment to BNB has helped us plow through the mountains of data entry and donation receipts. She has been volunteering every week in the office since last summer and now has become our most experienced active office volunteer. She’s also been to several container loadings! And as a cyclist, she enjoys utilizing our volunteer credit system to earn used parts for her bike. Thanks for all your help, Lauren!

Seeking Small Business and Corporate Bike-A-Thon Sponsors

Bikes Not Bombs’ 27th annual Bike-A-Thon is on June 8th and we’re looking for local companies and businesses to support the event by signing on as sponsors. Becoming an event sponsor is a great way for companies to advertise their support of Bikes Not Bombs. We can feature company logos on event signage, our website, and depending on the level of sponsorship, there are opportunities to be included in our Jamaica Plain Gazette ads as well as on our t-shirt. And, this year we’re offering free Bike-A-Thon registration to a limited number of sponsors’ employees as a way to encourage staff to get involved with the event.

While we are seeking in-kind gifts for our raffle, we’re most interested in fiscal sponsorship because unrestricted funds provide us with the greatest flexibility and have the deepest impact on our work. Check out the 2013 Bike-A-Thon results which lists all sponsors at the bottom of the page.

Download the sponsorship details and contact Eric Mearns, Sponsorship Coordinator at[email protected] to become a sponsor.




News outside of BNB:

 


Boston Bike Update

Monday, March 31, Fanueil Hall, Great Room. Doors Open at 5:45, presentations begin at 6:15. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has confirmed his attendance! Biking has doubled in Boston in the last 6 years. Want to know how, why and who helped make this happen? Wondering how biking fits into larger transportation network? Join us for this sixth annual event with Boston Bikes Director, Nicole Freedman. Register for this event to hear Nicole discuss the future of biking in Boston, including end of year surveys, Connect Historic Boston, the Network Plan, and the path forward under Mayor Walsh.


NOBPIFA Bill

The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014 (NOBPIFA) will allow communities to take advantage of low-cost financing for projects that make streets and sidewalks safer for all users through a new federal credit assistance program that would direct millions specifically for low-income communities. The NOBPIFA bill would create a new low-interest, long-term loan program for communities to build out their bicycling and walking networks – and would require 25% of the funding be spent in low income neighborhoods. Please tell your representative to support the bill


EcoLogic hiring

EcoLogic Development Fund is now hiring a Communications Officer! EcoLogic collaborates with the rural poor in Central America and Mexico and helps local communities identify, evaluate, and prioritize their conservation and natural resource needs. They then work with these communities to get them what they need to restore and conserve the tropical ecosystems where they live and on which they rely for basic necessities and well-being. This can include skills, financing, materials, access to decision makers and experts, hands-on experience, and other forms of support.


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 28

From Livable Streets:

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Spring member party at District Hall.

A party is springing up and we want you there! 

 

Join the LivableStreets community at Boston’s newest event space: District Hall. Meet and chat with members, staff and board members about the latest innovative thinking on transportation in Boston’s innovation district.

 

Already a member? Register for event now.

 

Want to become a member? Join/renew for only $35 for free event entry.


Save the date: Bike4Life, September 14

Bike4Life will be on Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bike4Life – a ride that benefits LivableStreets, will be on Sunday, September 14, from 8:30-2pm. 24 and 40 mile routes, 4 and 8 mile guided kid and family routes, and BBQ celebration!

 

Save the date and more details coming soon.

#Bike4LifeBoston

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MassDOT’s new engineering directive

MassDOT has recently published a new Engineering Directive (E-14-001) to clarify and strengthen minimum pedestrian and bicycle accommodations required in roadway and bridge projects. The directive also encourages engineers to look beyond the minimums when designing for pedestrians and bicycles. MassDOT leadership reached out to LivableStreets, WalkBoston, and MassBike when preparing this new directive and incorporated extensive input.
Major changes in this directive include:

  • requiring new 5-foot-minimum shoulders or bike lanes recommended for bicycle accommodation (compared to the prior 4-foot-minimum shoulder or 15-foot-wide outside lane)
  • mandating sidewalks on all bridge and roadway projects in urbanized areas as required by the new Healthy Transportation Directive

For more information about the new Engineering Directive check out the Babystate Roads Program Blog. This directive is the result of the Design Standards Working Group, which LivableStreets sits on, and is just one way we advocate for safer and more livable streets for you.

MassDOTbusesMassDOT board votes to fund new buses

$355 million for new buses
Photo credit: Boston Business Journal

On February 19, the MassDOT board voted to include a total of $355M for bus replacement in its capital plan, $150M of which is new funding. More than 10% of the MBTA buses have reached the end of their useful life (12 years), and 85% of the MBTA bus fleet will reach their end in the next five years.

LivableStreets has been working on increasing statewide transportation funding with Transportation for Massachusetts. This is huge win for Transportation for Massachusetts and all those who live, work and play in the MBTA area.

Newsworthy

BansAutosBoston going carless

Call it pie in the sky, just plain crazy, or something to consider also?

 

Major cities across Europe from Brussels to Hamburg hope to go car-free.

Madrid, Spain is just one of the cities to swear off cars.

Brussels: “The move would transform a handsome but car-snarled four-lane boulevard and a string of squares into a long, café-filled promenade. This new zone will join up with an existing pedestrian zone in the narrow streets around the city’s Grand Place and Rue Neuve, turning Brussels’ core into a spacious, rambling open-air living room.” Read more here>>

 

Madrid: “Trees, bikes, and walking are in. Cars, historical protection, and new apartments are out. This is the gist of a new plan Madrid has hatched to help it catch up with its European neighbors… The plan calls for 24 major Madrid streets to be radically overhauled, with car lanes removed, bike lanes added and trees planted to make them cool and shady.” Read more here >>

 

Hamburg: “Germany, home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. But in an effort to go green, the country’s second-largest city is studying ways to eliminate cars by 2034. The northern city of Hamburg has laid out an initial concept, named the Green Network Plan, that would expand public transportation and add more routes for pedestrians and bicyclists.” Watch CNBC segment here >>

 

Read more about the plans, pros and cons. Share and discuss @StreetsBoston /Faceboook.com/LivableStreets / [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

What do you think about Boston going carless?

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Boston MPO calls for hosts of livable streets communities workshops

Help educate communities on how to incorporate livability concepts and promote thinking about how design influences livability.

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Public Transit and Youth in the MBTA: Discussion and Briefing

Thursday, February 27, 4-6pm

@ SEIU 32BJ, 26 West Street, 3rd Fl, Boston

More details here>> 

 

LivableStreets Volunteer Friday

Friday, February 28, 12-2pm

@ LivableStreets, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge

More details here>>

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RSVP For 6th Annual Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 24

RSVP today for 6th Annual Boston Bike Update, happening March 27th.
Biking has doubled in Boston in the last six years.

 

Want to know how, why and who helped make this happen? Wondering how biking fits into larger transportation network?

 

Join us for this sixth annual event to hear Boston Bikes Director, Nicole Freedman discuss the future of biking in Boston and the path forward under Mayor Walsh.

 

If you care about biking in Boston you don’t want to miss this event.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014
@ Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston St, Boston
5:30pm doors open – Free and open to the public
6pm presentations begin
8:30-10pm LivableStreets member social @ Lir Pub

RSVP now.


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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
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    • Is This Street Wide Enough? April 16, 2014
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